These Maine Lawmakers Are Brilliantly Trolling Their Governor

October 23rd 2015

Diana Crandall

The governor of Maine has been playing politics with welfare recipients for awhile, and lawmakers in the state are over it. Two bills proposed this fall aim to give Gov. Paul LePage (R) a taste of his own medicine.

LePage has suggested, for instance, that beneficiaries be barred from using welfare money to purchase tattoos, alcohol, bail-bonds, and lotto tickets. So, Maine lawmakers also want the governor to be restricted from using state funds on those products.

Paul LePage

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A spokeswoman for Maine’s House Democrats told the local ABC affiliate that there is no indication that LePage has inappropriately used his expense account. But there's also no evidence that welfare recipients are rampantly misusing government funds either. LePage's own extensive, three-year study proved just that — only a "tiny fraction" of benefits are being misspent, the Bangor Daily News reported.

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This isn’t the first time this month that Democratic lawmakers are trolling LePage. In response to legislative proposals that call for welfare users to be randomly drug tested, the Ellsworth American reported that Rep. Larry Lockman (R) proposed a bill that would require lawmakers to be randomly drug-tested.

“If we’re going to ask welfare recipients to be drug tested,” Lockman said. “I don’t see why we shouldn’t be, too."

RELATED: New Data Reveals that Drug Testing People on Welfare is a Waste of Time and Money

As ATTN: has previously reported, attempts by state governments to drug test welfare users prove to be ineffective and costly. Random drug testing also causes major problems for low-income people who may not have the ability to secure reliable transportation to the testing center. They also may not have the financial means to take this time away from work. And most importantly, these tests have not found widespread abuse:

Check out this video to find out more about the inefficiency of drug testing welfare beneficiaries:

Is drug testing people on welfare effective?

This video pretty much sums it up...Source: http://bit.ly/1Avy2Bi

Posted by ATTN: on Monday, February 16, 2015


(h/t ThinkProgress)